Governing Body

The governing body at Ryarsh Primary School has a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education. We achieve this by:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The full governing body meets six times every year (one meeting every-half term). In addition to this, pairs of governors (monitoring pairs) visit the school three times each year in order to monitor the school’s progress towards achieving the strategic goals, identified through the school development plan.

As a governing body, we believe in working in close partnership with the school, in order to continually improve the quality of learning opportunities for each child.

We maintain an open and friendly atmosphere at our meetings, where all ideas are welcome, and are often the subject of lively discussion.

We all have different backgrounds which enable us to bring a great variety of skills to the governing body, and this, combined with a shared commitment to the pupils and staff of the school, is one of the reasons why we are so successful.

Each academic year, Governor details are updated to reflect thier roles and responsibilites. This information for the 2016/2017 year is listed below:


Name Category & appointing bodyDate of appointmentTerm of officeResponsibilitiesRelevant business interestsOther governshipsRelationships to staff
RuthAustinHeadteacher ex officio01/01/2014ex officio NoneNoneNone
IonaBellParent – elected by parent body15/10/20124 yearsQuality of teaching, learning and AssessmentNoneNoneNone
DanielChildsCo-opted – appointed by GB24/09/20154 yearsFinanceNoneNoneNone
ClaireCromeStaff – elected by staff body24/09/20154 yearsPersonal development, behaviour and welfareNoneNoneNone
SteveHillCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 yearsPersonal development, behaviour and welfare Health & Safety and premises  NoneNoneVoluntary assistance with school trips
StevenHughesParent – elected by parent body02/11/20154 yearsOutcomes for pupils & SENDNoneNoneNone
JohnMacnabParent – elected by parent body24/09/20124 yearsOutcomes for pupilsNoneNoneNone
JonNaylorCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 yearsEffectiveness of leadership and management  Finance NoneNoneNone
RachelRowlandLocal Authority – appointed by LA04/12/20134 yearsFinanceNoneNoneNone
StewartSpeakeCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 yearsEffectiveness of leadership and management Health & Safety and premises NoneNoneNone
DanielSproulParent – elected by parent body12/03/20154 yearsEffectiveness of early years & SafeguardingManaging Director, CPS Engineering Ltd.NoneNone
CarmelSuttonCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 yearsQuality of teaching, learning and Assessment Effectiveness of early years NoneNoneNone

Please download minutes of our full governing body meetings:

September 2013

November 2013

January 2014

March 2014

May 2014

July 2014

September 2014

November 2014

January 2015

March 2015

May 2015

July 2015

July 2016


November 2015


January 2016


March 2016


May 2016


July 2016


September 2016


November 2016


January 2017